The UEFA Executive Committee is UEFA's supreme executive body. It comprises the UEFA President and 15 other members elected by a UEFA Congress. Moreover, upon proposal of the Women's Football Committee, the UEFA Executive Committee appoints a woman as an additional member with the same rights and duties as the other UEFA Executive Committee members.
Members and vice-presidents
The UEFA Executive Committee does not include more than one representative of the same UEFA member association, and each member holds an active office within his member association. The UEFA Executive Committee elects a first, second, third, fourth and fifth vice-president, one of whom is chairman of the Finance Committee. The UEFA President is entitled to propose candidates.
UEFA's President is able to invite third parties to attend UEFA Executive Committee meetings in an advisory capacity. In May 2013, Fernando Gomes (Portugal) was appointed as special advisor to the UEFA Executive Committee in charge of relations with all of UEFA's sister FIFA continental football confederations: Asian Football Confederation (AFC); Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF); Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF); Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).
Term of office
The term of office of the UEFA President and UEFA Executive Committee members elected by a UEFA Congress is four years. Eight members, or seven members and the UEFA President, are elected every two years. All members are eligible for re-election. A person aged 70 or more is not eligible for election or re-election. If a vacancy occurs, the next Ordinary UEFA Congress elects a replacement for the remaining term of office. If the vacancy occurs in the final year of a term of office, no replacement is elected.
The term of office of the UEFA President and UEFA Executive Committee members starts at the close of the UEFA Congress at which they are elected, and ends at the close of the UEFA Congress at which their successors are elected. The appointment of a woman as a member of the UEFA Executive Committee is made at the constitutive meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee for a four-year term of office.
The UEFA Executive Committee is empowered to adopt regulations and make decisions on all matters which do not fall within the legal or statutory jurisdiction of the UEFA Congress or another organ. The UEFA Executive Committee manages UEFA, except to the extent that it has delegated such management, or unless such management has been delegated by the UEFA Statutes to the UEFA President or the UEFA administration.
The UEFA Executive Committee has the following untransferable duties:
• Overall control of UEFA and the issuing of necessary instructions
• Definition of the organisational structure
• Form and supervision of the book-keeping
• Election of three governance and compliance auditors and the issuing of their terms of reference
• Appointment of the general secretary and deputy general secretary upon the proposal of the UEFA President
• Dismissal of the general secretary and deputy general secretary upon the proposal of the UEFA President, or by a decision supported by two-thirds or more of all members of the UEFA Executive Committee
• Overall supervision of the UEFA administration, including the general secretary and deputy general secretary, especially in terms of observance of laws, the UEFA Statutes, regulations and orders; approval of the annual business plan of the UEFA administration
• Compilation of a written report for presentation to the Ordinary UEFA Congress
• Examination of the administration's report to the Ordinary UEFA Congress
The UEFA Executive Committee may delegate the preparation and implementation of its decisions or the supervision of business to one or more of its members. The committee is also authorised to delegate management, either fully or partly, to the UEFA President, to one or more of its members and/or to the UEFA administration.
As a general rule, the UEFA Executive Committee meets once every two months, and is convened by the UEFA President. The UEFA President may invite third parties to attend meetings of the UEFA Executive Committee in an advisory capacity. The committee has a quorum of more than half of its voting members, including the UEFA President or, in his absence, a vice-president.
UEFA Executive Committee decisions come into immediate force, unless the UEFA Executive Committee decides otherwise. A UEFA Executive Committee member or the UEFA President does not take part in the deliberation of any matter or point of issue involving the member association and/or a club affiliated to the member association with which he/she is associated, or in any case in which a conflict of interest exists.
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